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Toro - Review - a couple hits and couple awful misses

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Toro - Review - a couple hits and couple awful misses

Simon | Jan 6, 2014 03:16 PM

Went there on the blizzard night last week, figuring the weather would cancel some of the effects of Wells' review...which worked out -- we went in around 6pm and got a nice table on the elevated area w/ nice views of the snow...

Overall though, i was unimpressed by the food...we had:

-- bacalao croquettes...these were awful...dry and unseasoned inside, slightly burnt outside...my friend ate one but said it tasted like bad fast food...i couldn't finish mine...

-- mushrooms w/ egg yolk...quite yummy, one of the better dishes and nicely herby w/ all the parsley...for 16 dollars for a side dish, it better be...

-- shishito peppers...also good...more oily than any version i've ever had, but i like olive oil so i was fine with them...i suspect many people would find them greasy...

-- mackeral tartar...i liked this too...i rather hate the little joke of serving fresh raw mackeral in an empty tin, but the fish was chunky and delicious...but like the mushrooms, a bit overpriced: 15 dollars for a few bites...exquisite mackeral sushi is available all around town for half the price and not served in an old tin can...

-- paella w/ rabbit and snail...embarassingly awful...canned tomato puree, improperly cooked rice, no seasoning at all...the waitress happened to stop by after we'd had a the first bite of two, and we eagerly accepted her offer to send it back...in my book, any restaurant that sends out a dish that lame, i'm done with...it tastes like a first-time cook's complete fail of an attempt at paella...i was really shocked that the restaurant could send out a dish this bad...

Wine options are yummy and interesting (e.g. a mencia from a region not known for mencia, a solid rosado that fits the menu, etc).

Staff were extremely nice; very good service overall.

And, as Wells mentioned, the giant airplane hangar of a room isn't all that comfy...i think i went on the best night possible: not too crowded, w/ a beautiful view of the snow...but on a crowded night, i think it'd be far less pleasant...

If i happened to be nearby during off-hours or foul weather, i might be tempted to grab a drink and snack at the bar and give it another chance...but with 2 out of 5 dishes so terrible on the first try, i may never be back...

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